Understanding the Lord of the Rings The Best of Tolkien Criticism

ISBN-10: 061842251X

ISBN-13: 9780618422517

Edition: 2004

Authors: Neil D. Isaacs, Rose A. Zimbardo

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When first published, The Lord of the Rings stood far from the mainstream: no one had seen anything like it for decades. Tolkien's almost stridently antimodern tale needed valiant defenders, vocal admirers who understood its sources and relished its monumental scale. While such champions of modernism as Edmund Wilson mocked Tolkien's archaic structure and language, W. H. Auden -- a great modernist poet in his own right -- rose to his defense with a spirited essay on the true nature of the Hero Quest. Edmund Fuller's essay collected here discusses the nature of the fairy tale, returning to the roots of the term to remove the treacle of Disney and restore the value of realistic enchantment. Tolkien's friend C. S. Lewis takes up the question of why, if you have a serious comment to make about real life, you would drape it in a never-never land of your own. He shrewdly argues that it is because real life does have mythic and heroic qualities -- in abundance.This collection also includes, among others, essays by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Verlyn Flieger, Paul Kocher, Jane Chance, and each of the editors, as well as a brand-new essay by Tom Shippey that shows us how to process all this vast learning, adding to it the many delights of the film versions of Tolkien's epic masterpiece, so we can relish his achievement all the more.
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 5/24/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Introduction: On the Pleasures of (Reading and Writing) Tolkien Criticism
The Dethronement of Power
The Lord of the Hobbits: J.R.R. Tolkien
The Quest Hero
Power and Meaning in The Lord of the Rings
Moral Vision in The Lord of the Rings
Men, Halflings, and Hero Worship
Tolkien and the Fairy Story
Folktale, Fairy Tale, and the Creation of a Story
Frodo and Aragorn: The Concept of the Hero
Middle-earth: An Imaginary World?
Tolkien: Archetype and Word
Myth, History, and Time in The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien's Epic
Another Road to Middle-earth: Jackson's Movie Trilogy
Acknowledgments and Permissions
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